Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking

1421 W. MacArthur Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Critics' Pick


  • Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
  • $$
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
Ritter's;s Steam Kettle Cooking is a Cajun restaurant in Santa Ana. Sit at the counter, and you'll see Ritter, chef and partner of his namesake restaurant, tend to a row of 12 stainless-steel, steam-powered kettles that look like a series of exposed plumbing. As though a priest blessing his congregants with holy water, he flicks minced garlic into each kettle with tongs, then squirts in some oil; he deposits a pre-measured amount of raw seafood into one, chicken in another, sauteeing them. Next, he ladles in prepared simmering sauces from a big container. Seconds later, the stews begin to bubble, the whole thing roiling, sputtering like an evil witch's brew. The smells are intoxicating. After a few minutes, a clean bowl is set underneath, and with a quick pull on a lever, the whole thing pivots, pouring out the orders of jambalaya, etouffee, gumbo and seafood pasta.

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